Congregation Council has called a special meeting of the congregation on May 5, 2019 (after the 11:00am service) for the purpose of approving a resolution to move forward with construction of the proposed Brighten Our Light plans. The resolution was mailed to members of the congregation this week. That mailing also includes other pertinent information to help the congregation make a well-informed decision about the resolution, including information about the financing and the project costs.
A light lunch and childcare will be provided at the May 5 meeting. A sign-up sheet is in the Commons for the meal so that we can estimate a headcount for food.
We thank the members of the Building Team, Finance Team, and Council for all the work they have put into this endeavor thus far.
Update from April 29, 2019
In the middle of 2017, the Capital Campaign Team announced the Brighten Our Light (BOL) campaign to raise funds for the expansion plans the Building Team was putting together. After a few months of sharing campaign information through various avenues, we asked everyone to pledge to the campaign, not totally knowing what would come of it.
I said it then and am still amazed at the number of people who were and are so willing to give to BOL. We have received pledges totaling close to $1.4M!
In December 2017 we officially kicked off the giving portion of the 3-year campaign, which means that now in May 2019 we are halfway through. This moment happens to coincide with the congregational vote on May 5 which is the final milestone before we begin construction. I’m eager to see these two efforts – the planning and the funding – come together so that, with the congregation’s approval, we can start the construction!
Thank you to everyone who has given so far! At the mid-point of the campaign we’ve already received over 60% of the $1.4M pledged! Whether you give to the campaign on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis, please continue giving up to your pledge amount (or beyond!). Envelopes for your donation are available on the table by the Welcome Desk in the Commons.
I realize that in 18 months we have had a number of new members who may not be familiar with Brighten Our Light. Please check out the plans in the Commons or ask a pew-mate and know that every pledge counts. Literally! A few families combined to pledge $25,000 beyond their original donation if we have 250 families pledge to BOL. We have just over 240 unique pledges right now, so any amount you can pledge will get us closer to an additional $25k.
Pledge cards will be available next to the BOL envelopes on the table by the Welcome Desk in the Commons. If you don’t use the official pledge card or donation envelope, please make sure you clearly mark BOL on your envelope or check to ensure proper allocation of funds.
I am excited to see what God has in store for Epiphany as we Brighten Our Light.
If you have any questions about the campaign, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions.
Yours in Christ, Kyle Anderson
update from March 14, 2019
Our proposed construction firm, Taylor and Parrish, held a walk-through for subcontractors this past Monday. They plan to present a guaranteed maximum price (with alternative add-ons) to Council and members of the Building Team on the week of March 24. This will be the next (and final) step before calling a congregational meeting to approve the plan and the financing for the plan. We now expect that to happen in April.
We are thankful for everyone's continued patience as this process unfolds. The excitement is building and we know that many still have questions about what is in store for the congregation, especially as it concerns moving and accommodating ministries and their space needs during a time of construction. We hope to have those questions addressed when we have our meeting with Taylor and Parrish on the week of March 24.
update from January 10, 2019
BREAKING NEWS! The Brighten Our Light Fund has received more than $1 million in contributions! We are so thankful for everyone's generous response to this campaign as we move toward the $1.4 million that was pledged by the congregation last year. This puts us in a very good position as we move to vote on breaking ground within the next several weeks. We are waiting for the Construction Documents to be completed and for the construction firm we have selected, Taylor and Parrish, to finalize a cost estimate. That should be forthcoming by the end of January.
On that note...Congregation Council is planning on holding a forum in Price Hall between worship services on Sunday, February 3, to present some more information on the financial side of this project. This will be similar to what was shared at the Annual meeting in November but more detailed. The Finance Team has met with the Mission Investment Fund and is finalizing the loan application package.
update from November 8, 2018
In anticipation of our annual meeting this Sunday, November 11, Congregation Council has put together this overview of the proposed renovation and expansion plans. The Building Team and Finance Teams will be going over this information in greater detail at the meeting. This information is designed to communicate as much about the project as we can so that the congregation feels informed about these plans and this decision. Happy reading, and we welcome your questions!
Additionally, you may click on the link below to view and download the architect's revised drawings
of the renovations and expansion. Larger copies are on display in the Commons.
update from October 8, 2018
Henrico County had a hearing on September 26, 2018 for our submitted Design Development drawings. No one from the community came forward to contest the church's expansion plans. The County approved moving forward with the provision that we install a sidewalk on the length of Horsepen Road. A variance to this ordinance was requested but denied by the county. Our budget estimate for that addition is $18,000. The architect has been given approval to file Construction Documents with the county. The Building Team has sent out a Request For Proposals to three Construction Companies for cost estimate and pre-construction and construction phases. We anticipate the whole project will be put to a congregational vote in January 2019.
update from September 4, 2018
The Building Team met with the architect on August 29th, 2018 to go over the Design Development Drawings. We went over our current design plans and had a very productive meeting. At this time, we are waiting on an updated construction cost estimate from Taylor & Parrish, a construction company that the building team is working with. We should receive the estimate by mid September. With the new estimate we will have our direction for moving forward. By early October Construction Documents will be filed with the county. Any feedback or questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask any member of the team. We are set to bring this to a vote for the congregation in late 2018 or very early 2019.
update from June 25, 2018
The architect has finished his first round of schematic designs and is revising them for design development with the help of Taylor and Parrish, a construction firm. This is intended to keep potential future construction costs as low as possible. Finalized construction drawings will be produced by the end of the summer. The initial scope of the project has changed to concentrate first on the improvements to the front of the building (the gathering areas, new restroom facilities, and new office suite) and a much-needed unisex bathroom on the second floor of the education wing. Other aspects of the original design can be added later when additional funding as been secured.
Congregation Council has set the construction cost limit at $2.6 million, but the total project cost will be higher and will include "soft costs" such as hiring a construction manager, permit costs, furnishings, and wiring for new internet/technology systems.
Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2019, pending final approval by vote of the congregation at a meeting in fall 2018.